Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Chris Marquardt ... Improvising

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1682

Still stuck at home, and that means it's time to improvise. This quarantine has taken Chris back to when he had little in the way of gear and had to get creative. Take a photo of yourself every day and document your isolation. It's also a great time to explore the lighting in your home. Daylight is the best light you have, and diffuse light is nice and soft. Shoot your garden. There's macro photography. Food photography. Tabletop photography. Product photography.

Chris Marquardt ... Stuck at Home

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1680

Chris got the flight out of Zimbabwe when the country expelled all foreigners. And it's looking like the rest of Chris' travel photo workshops will be canceled during the outbreak. Like everywhere else, everything is shut down, though most areas don't have a mandatory shelter in place order. But social distancing is being practiced with no more than two in a group. Chris works from home anyway. So this is normal for him. 

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1678

Chris Marquardt is in Ethiopia this weekend, so in this prerecorded photo segment, Chris is talking about another ABC Mini Assignment! If you have a DSLR, A is for AUTO. Chris says that most photographers shoot in Aperture Priority. Chris says to go into full auto mode and enjoy the freedom you get being able to concentrate on photo composition without having the manage settings. If you already do that, go to Aperture Priority instead. B is for BRACKET. Shoot multiple images using Bracket Mode. It will help you nail the exposure on difficult subjects.

How Can I Scan Slides?

SlideSnap

Episode 1673

Bill from Seattle, WA

Bill has over 30,000 slides he needs to digitize. Leo says that 30,000 slides are untenable to digitize. So Leo recommends triaging and culling that number to a more manageable collection of those he absolutely must archive. Then go to a company like ScanCafe.com. They will not only digitize them, but they will clean them and then save them to a DVD or thumb drive for him to have. He also wants to tag the photos with metadata like when, where, and who. Leo says Camera Bits PhotoMechanic is great for that.